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$350 Million in new Funding for Canadian Dairy Industry.

The Canadian Government has just announced two programs worth $350 million for Canada’s dairy sector. The Funding is meant to help farmers and processors invest in new equipment and technologies in order to increase productivity and farm profits.

A closeup of a dairy cow eating hay in the barn - chewing his cud.

A $250 million program will help Canadian dairy farmers update their technology and equipment to boost productivity. Robotic milking equipment, automated feeding systems or new herd management software are examples of what would qualify.

A second $100 million fund for dairy processors would be available to help modernize their operations or diversify product lines for new markets. The idea is to encourage Canadian producers to take advantage of newly opened European markets.

The new assistance package was designed based on what the government heard from the dairy sector during consultations in recent months. The government plans to keep talking to farmers and processors over the next few weeks as it finalizes how the programs will work, including additional online consultations.

In order to maximize the chance fo success for local producers, it is important that they take advantage of this funding: There are a lot of farms that need updating in Canada.

When you are ready to start or expand your farming business, the Canadian Grants Business Center can help.

Contact us Toll-Free at 1-888-231-0075 or Contact us now to find out more!

Funding for Farm Upgrades: Grow Your Farm in 2017

 

Starting or expanding a farm can be a challenge, but is also very rewarding, both financially and in terms of personal satisfaction.

There are many farm grants programs set up to facilitate farm investment and encourage growth.

Farmers regularly apply and receive funding for a variety of business purposes including:

  • Barn construction and upgrades
  • Livestock purchase
  • Seed and fertilizer purchase
  • Tractor and combine purchase or lease
  • Land acquisition and clearing
  • Installation of Irrigation Systems
  • Installation of Tile Drainage
  • Fencing
  • Implementing Technology Upgrades


Farm upgrades can be a great way to drive on-farm productivity in 2017 and for tomorrow.

If you are ready to start or expand a farm, the Canadian Grants Business Center can help find funding. Find funding at:

http://www.canadiangrantsbusinesscenter.com/Funding-Finder.html

Or call us Toll-free at:

1-888-231-0075

5 Most Profitable Agriculture Businesses

Fall, 2016

The agriculture industry will be the next big boom in north America. Food production over the next 10 years will double according to industry analysts. Domestic and export demand is growing and to meet these needs, many entrepreneurs are moving to this industry. To earn income for the agriculture business, will require you to select the right niche to start or expand your farm.

Here are 5 of the top agriculture business:

  • Organic Fertilization Production: Organic fertilizer production is booming. Everywhere you go people want organic. With a little investment and the proper know-how, you can become a producer of composted organic fertilizer.
  • Dried Flower Industry: This industry is becoming a hugely profitable venture around the world. Producing flowers, is becoming one of the faster growing agriculture trends today. With world-wide strong demand for any type of flowers, the interest in dried flowers has increased exponentially.
  • Organic Fertilization Distribution: Along with production, distribution is one of the most up and coming profitable business venture today with modest capital investment.
  • Organic Green House: Green houses have high growth. Organic green houses have exponential growth due to global demand for organic produce. Entrepreneurs are investing in land for organic farming. A modest investment can have your own organic green house up and running.
  • Poultry: The poultry industry is booming. Technology has allowed this industry evolve completely from previous decades. With new tech, annual egg production is 10% higher than it has ever been annually and the broiler industry production has increased by 20%. With investment entrepreneurs can see large returns.

When you are ready to start or expand your farming business, the Canadian Grants Business Center can help.

Contact us Toll-Free at 1-888-231-0075 or Contact us now to find out more!

New Blueberry Teaching & Research Farm In Quebec

A new blueberry teaching and research farm will be established in Quebec.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have announced the creation of a blueberry teaching and research farm in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. This location is easily accessable and representative of the blueberry farms in the region.

Funding of $42,600 will be granted through the Programme de développement sectoriel (PDS), a  program implemented by the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food under the Canada-Quebec Growing Forward 2 agreement.

“With some 30,000 hectares in operation, the blueberry production is second in importance in terms of farm income in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. It is therefore an important economic activity for our region. Today I am proud to announce this project that our government committed to achieve a year ago at the Economic Summit. Allowing the blueberry industry to implement short- and long-term research projects will increase the competitiveness of our regional companies,” says Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec and MNA for Roberval.

“This research and teaching project is a great example of an initiative that promotes the agricultural potential of a region in order to benefit producers, processors, consumers and even students. The development and operation of this facility are well aligned with government policy and with the approach set out in the strategic plan for Quebec’s wild blueberry sector,” adds Pierre Paradis, Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

“Canada is the world’s largest producer of wild blueberries. The federal government is proud to support the creation of a blueberry teaching and research farm that will help the sector improve its competitiveness and meet growing consumer demand for safe, high-quality products. Combining teaching and research will have an impact on the transfer of knowledge from producers and the next generation,” says Denis Lemieux, Member of Parliament Chicoutimi – Le Fjord.

For more information on farm grants and information on starting a blueberry farm or other farm, please contact Canadian Grants Business Center Toll Free: 1-888-231-0075

Nova Scotia Farm Succeeds with Community Initiatives

The Bonny Lea Farm team and David Outhouse in Nova Scotia, feel that having connected growing their business and the community is as organic as the products they make to support the green life style.

The current demand for their garden mulch product (mixed blend of hemlock, composted chicken and mulch) is exploding. Their factory will seeon be expanding creating opportunities with special needs in its process.

For more than 40 years, the Chester-based operation has been helping young people with intellectual disabilities develop their potential. As one of the biggest employers in the town, the Farm has built its life skills program on several non-profit business ventures, from herb garden products to custom packaging and wood-working.

Now, the Bark Barn, one of the farm’s most successful businesses, is expanding from 135 sq. m to 450 sq. m, allowing the production line to run inside, rain or shine, all year long.

Of the 45 trainees involved in the program, more than half live at the farm. The others come in every day from their homes in surrounding communities.

In addition to helping them produce more garden products, a bigger barn brings the possibility of expanding the whole operation to include more potential clients on their waiting list.

David says the expansion has been possible thanks to generous private donations and a $143,000 investment from the government’s Innovative Communities Fund.

By integrating good business and good training, Bonny Lea Farm continues to grow opportunities to include everyone in local life and economy.

For more information on innovative funding for your farm or agri-business please contact the Canadian Grants Business Center at 1-888-231-0075

5 tips for Preparing a Farm Grant Business Case

Previous grantees say the key to a successful grant application is the same as a solid foundation to a farms business plan:

Layout a strategic blue-print of your farms short and long term vision. Local, provincial and federal government agencies are looking at people who think big and look at the granular scale of things. As there are thousands of applicants in this highly competitive funding area, you will need to follow these top 5 farm funding essentials in writing your proposal.

Assess your financial wants and needs

You will have to decide what type of funding you need to achieve your goals. Do you need funding for equipment? Or to develop your produce line more efficiently? Or to research new marketing venues? You need to firmly assess what requirement you need the funding for. Once you explore your options and assess your wants and needs, you can begin the next step.

Research all available farm grant options for your needs.

After your need is assessed, you will have to begin your market research. This is where the Canadian Grants Business Center comes in. We have invested thousands of hours of research in all available funding for farm and agricultural grants. For 2016 we have the latest funding programs available for you at your provincial and even federal level. We have identified funding programs for different types of farms (organic, artificial, etc…), different types of niches (organizational, research focused, environmental, etc…) and will direct you to the proper funding options available.

Create your Grant Case

Once you find the grant that suits you, you will need to make your business case by filing out a grant application. Your case needs to be clear and concise, follow all the grant requirements carefully, and communicate your potential positive impact on the economy. Communicate all your farming ideas clearly, do not make the grant administrator search to connect how the funding will help your farm based on the grant requirements. Focus on short and long term goals and how you can use the funding to achieve them.

Here are some more tips to keep in mind as you draft your grant application:

    • Realistic timeline: Take into account weather factors and environmental changes. Make sure you give a timeline that can be met.
    • Adequate resources: Make sure you show you can achieve your objectives you’re potential staffing.
    • Evaluation plan: Show that you’re keeping track with a proper blueprint or project time line.
    • Collaboration: Find others in your area that you can collaborate with, show you are willing to branch out and aide others with your project.
    • Sharing: Transparency, everything needs to be layed out, no hidden fences.

Submit your application and prepare for post-mortem learning

Submit your application as soon as possible; there could be many obstacles along the way that you may not foresee. Be prepared for rejection, it is apart of the process, learn, adapt and achieve. Ask the granter why you didn’t get it, this can help you next time in being approved for funding. Don’t argue with the granter; just get feedback for next time.

If you are approved, congratulations, your next steps are critical in achieving your goals.

Continue being pro-active

Be active in the grant community; help your colleagues try to achieve your success. Talk about grants and how they can be beneficial for everyone. Also, you can apply for more funding any time if required as there are no rules on how much funding you can get.

The Canadian Grants Business Center is a leading source of information on Farm Grants and Business Grants. We do the research work, so you don’t have to. Contact us today to see what funding is available for you:

canadiangrantsbusinesscenter.com

 

The Top 5 Funding Opportunities for Canadian Agriculture

Canada’s agriculture industry is quickly becoming the largest focus for the Canadian Government’s business effort for increased funding. Today the Government is helping the agriculture industry increase R&D and approach environmental and artificial challenges that they face everyday. These funding initiatives are helping the industry increase expansion and improve operational efficiencies and, today we will cover the top 5 funding initiatives available for Canadian agricultural business today:

1-Adaptation Opportunities

There are programs available today to help Canadian agricultural business to seize opportunities, respond to issues and drive solutions, along with development and commercialization of products not offered in local or National markets.

2-Marketing

There are funding programs available today to push your agri-business exports to a new level. There are funding programs available for advertising, promotions, product demonstrations, trade shows, trade missions, online presence, and web development. Drive your agri-business to a greater market reach.

3-Processing

There are funding programs available today to increase the processing power of agri-businesses in Canada. If provides processing businesses to innovate in process and manufacturing techniques and to adapt to today’s fast global market place.

4-Safety

There are also funding programs today to help agricultural businesses develop or improve or support safety systems or control points that meet or exceed  Canadian industry standards.

5-Environment

There is an increase emphasis on Canadian environmental sustainability in the agriculture industry. There are funding programs available today to create or improve agricultural practices that are safe to the environment and help controlling challenges caused from climate variability.

The Canadian Grant Business Center is a leading researcher for business funding in Canada. To see what funding is available to you, please visit us at

canadiangrantsbusinesscenter.com

 

Looking ahead to the new year: Farm Funding

As we have just started a new year, we are at an important crossroads for government farm grants and funding programs.

This is the time of year when many people focus on the holidays and make time for family. It’s also the best time to bring yourself up to speed on the funding opportunities for your new or existing farm:  Take advantage of the 2016 programs before they expire, and get the latest info for upcoming 2017 programs.

You can check funding availability now:

http://www.canadiangrantsbusinesscenter.com/Funding-Finder.html

Or call us directly to speak to a specialist at 1-888-231-0075

Don’t miss out on what could be your best funding opportunity of the year.

Farm Grants – Programs for Farming and Agri-Business

The Government of Canada has Announced $200,000 in Government Grants for a New Agricultural Food Processing Facility to Serve Eastern Ontario Farmers

 Colborne, Ontario (November 2013)

Community Future Development Corporations (CFDCs) and the County of Northumberland recently announced $200,000 in government grants funding for processing equipment required in the eastern Ontario Food Processing Facility.

The facility will provide services to the regional agricultural community by helping locally owned food enterprises to grow. Locally-grown fruits and vegetables will be used to create new products through packaging and freezing processes.

The projected facility will occupy 15,000 square-feet and will offer a range of services including packaging and food storage. The plants primary focus will be to support diversified revenues for fruit and vegetable farmers in the region. The facility will be available for rental, refrigeration and freezer cold storage, educational and meeting space.

“The niche processing facility is an integral part of Northumberland County’s strategic plan supporting economic development and prosperity. By supporting agriculture, technology, business innovation and attraction it creates a centre for regional local food” said Hector Macmillan, Northumberland County Warden.

Construction has begun on The Northumberland Niche Food Processing Facility  which is targeted to be open for business in late spring 2014.